Submitted by: David C (Houston, TX)
Dear saints, I recently came across Hymn 788 which touched me very much. More than just beautiful poetry, this song describes an intimate walk with the Lord, from morning to evening. This is to have a running conversation with the Lord throughout the day and it’s actually to “pray unceasingly”. Of course we cannot physically talk to the Lord non-stop, especially when our jobs require concentration. However, an older brother once shared, it can be as easy as pushing back from your desk and breathing out an “O Lord Jesus”.
I especially enjoy stanza 2 where it says that “if earth with its enchantments Seek thy spirit to enthrall, Ere thou listen, ere thou answer, Turn to Jesus, tell Him all.” In my experience, while work constantly frustrates us, it also constantly entices us with rewards such as promotion, publication, pay raise, year-end bonus, boss’s favor, letters of recommendation, and future employment opportunities. This is how the world drives and motivates us sometimes. But if we have a running conversation with the Lord, we can easily look through its tactics and live about its influence. We will work hard not because of its enticements but because the God-man living in us is working hard. He eventually will become our sole motivation.
Of the lot that lies before thee
Through the coming busy day;
Whether sunbeams promise brightness,
Whether dim forebodings fall,
Be thy dawning glad or gloomy,
Go to Jesus, tell Him all.
Let thy daily work be done;
In the peace of soul-outpouring
Care be banished, patience won;
And if earth with its enchantments
Seek thy spirit to enthrall,
Ere thou listen, ere thou answer,
Turn to Jesus, tell Him all.
Thou wilt blessed guidance know,
Thine own burdens being lightened,
Thou canst bear another’s woe;
Thou canst help the weak ones onward,
Thou canst raise up those that fall:
But remember, while thou servest,
Still tell Jesus, tell Him all.
As the day wears to its close,
Or if sudden fierce temptation
Bring thee face to face with foes;
In thy weakness, in thy peril,
Raise to heaven a truthful call;
Strength and calm for every crisis
Come, in telling Jesus all.